UK/Filipino song shines at WYD 2011 contest

By Rose Eclarinal, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Jul 23 2011 04:16 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2011 12:16 AM

LONDON - The long wait is over. The results of the World Youth Day 2011 Global Song Contest have been announced. 

One of the winning songs is a UK/Filipino entry from singer and songwriter Cherrie Anderson. 
The song she entered in the competition, "Faith in You", received the highest number of plays (400,405) on the competition’s websites. 
With this achievement, the jury created another category of "distinction" in the published official results. 
Anderson, originally from Manila, is the lead singer of the electro-pop band Ooberfuse. The 4-piece band, made up of Cherie, Hal, Alex and Michel, sang the Youth Anthem for Pope Benedict’s historic visit to the UK in 2010. 
“I am happy and humbled that my songs have been chosen from out of the 270 entries. When I submitted them earlier this year there were only around 20 entries. There are some really good songs included in the other submissions so my expectations were not that high,” said Anderson. 
“It is incredible that both songs “Faith in You” and “Unshakeable” were actually listened to by young people all over the world more than half a million times!” she added.   
The World Youth Day organizers and jury for the competition chose the winners from entries from 40 countries, picking the songs that embody "the festive, creative and cultural dimension" of the Catholic faith.
The “Tuned into Madrid” song contest was aimed at giving young people from all over the world "the opportunity to demonstrate the church's youthfulness and to give testimony to the eternal relevance of the Christian message through music and moving images."
The World Youth Day will be held from August 16 to 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain and is expected to draw millions of pilgrims from all over the world. It will be the second time that Spain will host the event. World Youth Day 1989 was held in Spain’s Santiago de Compostela.
Anderson’s "Faith in You" and "Unshakeable" are available for download from and